Doctors do not adequately look after their own physical health

Med J Aust. 2004 Oct 4;181(7):368-70. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb06329.x.


Studies of doctors' health have emphasised psychological health, and limited data have been collected on their physical health status. Doctors often fail to follow current preventive health guidelines for their physical health. About half of doctors do not have an established relationship with an independent general practitioner. This would enhance their health and provide a means of ready access to the healthcare system should a problem arise.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Australia
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Physician Impairment
  • Physicians*
  • Physicians, Women
  • Primary Prevention / trends*
  • Risk Assessment